Name of the Summiteers
1. Mr. Kevin Ira Vann
(44 Yrs), Technician, Cambridge Lane, Menchester, USA. on 22 May. 2003
at 10:00 AM. It is also reported that they had started for the summit
from South Col on 21st May 2003 at 10:00 PM.
following 1 member & 6 Sherpas of "HG Everest
Expedition 2003" team have been successful to climb
the summit of 8848m. high Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest)
on 22 May. 2003 at 10:00 AM. It is also reported
that they had started for the summit from South
Colon 21st May 2003 at 10:00 PM.
Name of the Summiteers
1. Mr. Robert Casserley (27 Yrs), Doctor, New Bridge Road, Bath, England.
2. Mr. Pasang Nuru Sherpa (23 Yrs), HAS, Khumjung-7, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
3. Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa (27 Yrs), HAS, Khumjung-7, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
4. Mr. Girmi Dorjee Sherpa (27 Yrs), HAS, Khumjung-7, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
5. Mr. Chhuldim Sherpa (32 Yrs), HAS, Khumjung-8, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
6. Mr. Phutasi Sherpa (30 Yrs), HAS, Khumjung-8, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
7. Mr. Pasang Tenzing Sherpa (25 Yrs), HAS, Khumjung-9, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
The 9 members "HG Everest
Expedition 2003" team was permitted to climb 8848 Meter high Sagarmatha (Mt.
Everest) from South East Ridge for the period of Seventy five days from 4
April 2003 under the leadership of Mr. Henry B. Todd (58 Yrs), Mountaineer
from Kingsway Cottayr, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK.
dispatches are below
Dispatch #10 Himalayan Guides 2003 Expedition
Everest Base Camp 14th May
2003: Our latest weather forecasts show a weather window between 19th May and
22nd May with winds at the summit dropping to 25 knots. If the forecasts
continue to predict these conditions the window is sufficient to enable us to
mount our summit attempt.
If it comes, the break in the
weather is long overdue. We have all felt bored and frustrated sitting around
in Base Camp for day after day anxiously waiting for the weather forecast only
to have our hopes dashed time after time by forecasts of huge winds on the
mountain. We are now preparing ourselves and our gear to go up through the
Icefall to Camp 2 on 16th
We will stay there keeping an
eye on the weather forecasts until 19th when we will climb the Lhotse face to
camp 3. After a night at camp 3 we will climb through the Yellow Band and over
the Geneva Spur to the South Col. From there we will take stock of the whole
situation including weather, the number of other teams on the Col and our own
physical condition, before determining the timing of our further progress
above the South Col.
We have been told that there
will be a large number of the other teams making their bids at the same time
as us. This is a situation that everybody has been anxious to avoid but which
has been forced upon us by the brevity of the weather window. Problems can
arise at potential bottlenecks such as below the South Summit or the Hilary
Step where single ropes can result a queue of climbers remaining static for up
to 30 minutes. The consequence of this can be frostbite, oxygen running short
and substantial delay in getting back to the safety of camp 4, each of which
pose a threat to life and limb. In the circumstances which have been forced
upon us it is virtually impossible to come up with a viable solution to the
congestion problem thus we will just have to adopt a pragmatic approach and
try to overcome each problem as we come to it.
We will post daily dispatches
once we are above camp 2. We all miss and send our love to our friends,
relatives and loved ones.
Ian Mackay QC Everest Base
Camp, 14th May 2003
Dispatch #11 Himalayan Guides
2003 Everest Expedition
South Col 21st May 2003
The summit is extremely
windy. Many teams tried for the summit last night and failed, although we
heard that one team has been successful from the north side.
We have been on the South Col
since yesterday and intend to make our summit bid tonight if the winds are
lower than forecast.
Our ascent to the South Col
was relatively straight forward. Both Vicky and myself had initial problems
adapting to the use of oxygen, but we eventually got the hang of it. We went
from Camp 3 to the South Col in relatively good time, so we are hopeful that
our strength is sufficient for the summit.
At the moment (17.30 hrs) the
winds are beginning to rise. We hope they do not rise to the predicted 50-60
mph which will make things very difficult. Ian Mackay QC 5/21/2003